Thursday, July 7, 2022

Guest Blogger: Robert Valencia “The War Within: How The U.S. War on Drugs Casts a Shadow over Communities of Color”

When Dr. Ethan Nadelmann, director of the Drug Policy Alliance, took the stage at the San Francisco Freedom Forum on September 28, he shared a staggering figure about a country that leads the world in incarceration rates, with 743 people per 100,000 inhabitants—a rate much higher than China, Russia, or Rwanda—and despite the fact that […]

Guest Blogger: Katherine Culliton-González “We Must Protect Our Vote”

In the not-too-distant past, politicians, secretaries of state and supervisors of elections prided themselves on increasing levels of voter participation.  Stronger participation in our democracy said something unmistakably positive about the city, county or state; its citizens were engaged and involved, and the entire system of voting was better for it. In 2008, the national […]

Guest Blogger Series: Rebecca Lynn Guerra “Rekindling the Fire”

The commemoration of Dr. King’s birthday forces us to reflect on the civil rights movement, its past, and our future.  The movement conjures up images and stories of activists putting themselves in harm’s way in order to obtain the most basic rights in our society.  We recall Dr. King, Dorothy Height, and activists marching for […]